A British man has been charged in the US in reference to a Twitter hack final summer season that compromised the accounts of outstanding politicians, celebrities and know-how moguls, the Justice Division mentioned Wednesday.
Joseph O’Connor, 22, was arrested within the coastal resort city of Estepona, Spain on an arrest warrant accusing him of involvement in a July 2020 hack of greater than 130 accounts, and of hacks that prosecutors mentioned took over consumer accounts on the TikTok and Snapchat apps. Prosecutors additionally accuse O’Connor of cyberstalking a juvenile.
A prison criticism filed in federal courtroom within the Northern District of California fees O’Connor with crimes together with cyberstalking, making extortive and threatening communications and deliberately accessing a pc with out authorization.
It was not instantly clear if O’Connor had a lawyer, though in prior interviews he has denied wrongdoing.
In the course of the high-profile safety breach a yr in the past, faux tweets had been despatched from the accounts of Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Mike Bloomberg and a variety of tech billionaires together with Amazon’s then-CEO Jeff Bezos Microsoft co-founder Invoice Gates and Tesla CEO Elon Musk. The bogus tweets requested followers of the high-profile accounts to ship Bitcoin funds.
A Florida teenager was sentenced in March to a few years in jail for his function within the hacking operation. Graham Ivan Clark pleaded responsible to a number of fraud fees as a part of a take care of Hillsborough County prosecutors.
Andrew Warren the Florida state legal professional who prosecuted Clark, advised the AP final yr he thought-about him the mastermind of the plot.
Courtroom papers filed final yr mentioned the plot originated in a web based discussion board for individuals seeking to get hold of social media usernames that carry some status. Such coveted usernames, often called “OG” or “authentic gangster” accounts, are sometimes brief and may need been acquired when Twitter was in its earliest phases greater than a decade in the past.
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